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COVID-19 Wish List for New Refugee Families

Filed in Health Program News by on May 7, 2020

During the spring 2020 season of physical distancing», distance learning, and economic downturn, newcomer families in San Diego County need support more than ever. NSDI ( Nile Sisters Development Initiative ) is working diligently through the COVID-19 crisis to provide essential services and emergency relief» Current efforts include all the following:

  • Guiding 22 CalNEW» students and families through the logistics of receiving Chromebooks for distance learning from SDUSD ( San Diego Unified School District )»
  • Assisting students and parents who want to receive installation of free Wi-Fi internet connection through Cox Connect2Compete» and Spectrum Internet.»
  • Notifying SDUSD when families are in need of hotspot internet access
  • Providing families with resource lists» translated into five languages. Lists include locations of food banks and free meals for students, COVID-19 safety measures, and school-closure updates.
  • Helping students to navigate internet conferencing tools, ensuring that they have access to distance-learning websites, and providing one-on-one distance-learning assistance
  • Conducting quality check-ins with parents, teachers, and counselors to address concerns of LEP ( Limited English Proficiency ) students and families engaging in distance learning

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CalNEW Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

Filed in Event News by on May 6, 2020

May 4 through 8 marks Teacher Appreciation Week», an annual tribute to educators who teach and guide millions of students nationally. In the face of the COVID-19 crisis», teachers have helped and supported students as they navigate distance learning, an often unfamiliar and uncomfortable concept to refugee students and their families.

NSDI ( Nile Sisters Development Initiative ) salutes teachers for their dedication to students learning under extraordinary cicrumstances. Through CalNEW» ( California Newcomer Education and Well-Being ), NSDI supports refugees and other eligible school-age students by facilitating educator and parent meetings, which are especially critical during periods of enforced distance learning. Between 2018 and 2019, CalNEW services impacted 39 newly arrived students from six different countries ( Burundi, Congo, Haiti, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda ). Fifty-one percent ( 51% ) of these students were enrollees at middle schools located in the Crawford, Hoover, and Kearny clusters.

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